Reel Terror: The Scary, Bloody, Gory, Hundred-Year History of Classic Horror Films

By David Konow

From the writer of the definitive heavy steel historical past, Bang Your Head, a behind-the-scenes glance a century of horror films

Reel Terror is a love letter to the wildly renowned but nonetheless misunderstood style that churns out blockbusters and cult classics yr after 12 months. From The cupboard of Dr. Caligari to Paranormal Activity, Konow explores its all-time highs and lows, why the style has been missed, and the way horror motion pictures simply can help us conquer worry. His on-set tales and insights delve into each one motion picture and its influence on American culture.

For newcomers to all out movie buffs, this is often the perfection spouse to this Halloween's motion picture marathons.

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